Siri has been able to announce messages for some time now, but in iOS 15, the feature has been expanded to all notifications. When enabled, Siri will automatically announce Time Sensitive notifications from apps when AirPods/Beats are connected.
You can also opt to have Siri announce notifications on a per-app basis if you want to hear notifications from specific apps that aren't time sensitive.
Here's how to get Siri to announce notifications in iOS 15.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Tap Notifications.
- Under "Siri," select Announce Notifications.
- Toggle the switch next to Announce Notifications to the green ON position.
- To get Siri to announce all notifications from a specific app, simply select the app in question in the list under "Announce Notifications From" and toggle on its Announce Notifications switch.
Note that if a notification supports actions, Siri will listen for your response after reading the notification, so you don't have to say "Hey Siri" to follow it up.